St Helens v Castleford: 21-man squad and injury update

St Helens and Castleford Tigers meet for the first time since the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley back in July.

Saints come into the match on the back of a four match winning run, excluding the 24-0 win awarded to them when the Tigers couldn’t raise a team for their Round 12 fixture.

As for Castleford, they will come into the match hoping to carry forward the momentum they picked up after winning at Leeds Rhinos last week.

The match will take place on Thursday, and be live on Sky Sports, with kick off at 7.45pm.

St Helens

Saints welcome back James Bentley to the squad for the first time since he broke his leg against Leigh Centurions back in April. Matty Lees also returns after completing his concussion protocols following a head knock against Hull FC, as does Ben Davies. Morgan Knowles drops out of the squad, as well as Dan Norman, who has joined Salford Red Devils on loan, and Sam Royle.

21-man-squad: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Tommy Makinson, 3 Kevin Naiqama, 4 Mark Percival, 5 Regan Grace, 6 Jonny Lomax, 8 Alex Walmsley, 9 James Roby, 10 Matty Lees, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 James Bentley, 14 Sione Mata’utia, 15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16 Kyle Amor, 17 Agnatius Paasi, 18 Jack Welsby, 19 Aaron Smith, 20 Joe Batchelor, 21 Lewis Dodd, 22 Josh Simm, 29 Ben Davies.

Castleford Tigers

The Tigers have made three changes to the side that beat Leeds Rhinos last week. Liam Watts, Cheyse Blair and George Griffin are all back in contention to play at the Totally Wicked Stadium. They replace Alex Foster, Brad Graham and Jimmy Keinhorst, who has completed his loan deal and subsequently moved back to Hull KR.

21-man-squad: 1 Niall Evalds, 2 Derrell Olpherts, 3 Peter Mata’utia, 7 Danny Richardson, 8 Liam Watts, 9 Paul McShane, 10 Grant Millington, 11 Oliver Holmes, 12 Cheyse Blair, 13 Adam Milner, 14 Nathan Massey, 15 George Griffin, 19 Tyla Hepi, 20 James Clare, 21 Jesse Sene-Lefao, 22 Daniel Smith, 23 Greg Eden, 24 Suaia Matagi, 25 Jordan Turner, 26 Lewis Bienek, 31 Gareth O’Brien.

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